Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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One Week Old

Filed under: Mainely Rat Rescue,Rats! — folkcat at 3:48 pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It was one week ago, in the wee hours of the morning, that Brynn’s eight babies arrived. They’ve already grown a lot!

As you can see in this picture I took yesterday, their markings have started coming in. That’s what’s making their heads look more gray than pink. All of these babies will be beige hooded, just like mom. There are a couple that may be the bareback variety, which means no spots or stripe on the back.

I’ve been testing myself by taking individual photos of the babies two days in a row, then seeing if I can match the pictures from day one with those from day two. The markings are distinct enough for me to consistently identify the individuals! I have names in mind, too – a New Year’s-related theme – but I’m not going to match them up to babies until these little rat stars get their fur and look more ready for their close-ups. Feel free to guess in the comments what theme I’ve gone with – there’s a great, big, “No Prize” in it if you guess right!

I took this picture through the bars of the white cage just a few minutes ago. For all that she’s so young, Brynn is a very good and attentive mother.

She’s also extremely relaxed about us and the babies. Last night, Gryphon noticed that one had been accidentally dragged from the nest when Brynn came running to the cage door for attention. He reached in, picked up the baby, and offered it to her. She wasn’t phased a bit, looked at the baby, then came back to the door. I guess she trusts that we’ll take care of them properly!

I’ve been fighting some sort of bug for several days now. Although I’m still doing everything I can to socialize and care for Brynn and the babies (not that mom needs the socializing, she’s a little social butterfly!), blogging may slack off a little. I’ll make sure you still see the important highlights, however!


Comment by Laughingrat

January 6, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

Ready…ready for their close-ups? OMG! “Sunset Boulevard”? Silent cinema? Maybe? *shriek*

I had always planned to name rats after the three great silent comedians, but hadn’t had rats that felt like a Buster, Charlie, or Harold yet.

The babies are super tiny and cute. Well, they’re still at that stage that almost makes me wince–they’re so pink and helpless and fragile, and I always felt, with Lucky’s babies at that age, that I might accidentally hurt them. So in a way, they’re too naked and vulnerable for me to think they’re cute, but they’re definitely the closest thing to it. 😀

Comment by Carol

January 6, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

They are starting to look more like ratties now! As for names….Champagne? Bubbly? Flute?

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